Zidane will follow yes or yes

first_imgThe coronavirus crisis has forced the Real Madrid leadership to make decisions about planning for next season. The most important affects the bench. As you could know AS, whatever happens from here to the summer, whether or not the rest of the League and Champions are played, Zidane will be the coach of the next project, that of the 2020-21 season. The initial plan of the executives of the Bernabéu noble plant was to wait for the end of the season and take stock according to the final income statement, as has been done in previous courses. If he won the League, the title closest to hand, the French coach would continue safely fulfilling his contract, which ends in 2022. But a double failure in the League and Champions would have opened a range of alternatives that were already beginning to be managed, with Mauricio Pochettino (now without a team) leading that ‘change candidacy’. Zidane and his coaching staff are already looking at 2020-21But the sad consequences of the coronavirus, which now has the squad of the first quarantined team Due to the positive given by Thompkins (a basketball team player who shared common spaces with his soccer teammates in Valdebebas), he has managed to everything is completely reconsidered. Zidane will continue in his position even if the competitions were resumed and Madrid could not win either the League or the Champions, scenario that is not contemplated because there is confidence in recovering Barça the current two points of disadvantage in the eleven days that remain to be played, and more by having won the particular goalaverage at Barça (0-0 at the Camp Nou and 2-0 at the Clásico at the Bernabéu).In fact, Zidane and his coaching staff are already working on planning for next season, although with the logical uncertainties caused by the times, given that in no case will the next League be able to start on the scheduled dates as a result of all the postponements that have led to the momentary suspensions of all competitions. The Marseillaise has to decide which players he does not have for his next project (James, Odriozola, Brahim, Jovic, Mariano or Bale are in that group) and which players do you want to recover or not from the loaned (Lunin, Achraf, Reguilón, Óscar Rodríguez, Odegaard, Ceballos, Kubo and Borja Mayoral). The break in these weeks will allow the coach of the three consecutive Champions to make all these decisions without rushing.last_img read more

POTS hosts 3rd Annual Suicide Walk

first_imgA favourable crowd on Sunday morning marched in unison with the non-governmental organisation Prevention of Teenage Suicide (POTS), calling for an end to suicide in Guyana as the world observes World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 on Monday.The walk, which kicked off at 06:00h at Charlotte and Camp Streets, Georgetown, saw attendance of both young and old, including a father pushing his young daughter in a stroller as they braved the early morning sun. They journeyed to the Square of the Revolution, where the march ended.Marching with signs with encouraging messages such as “Working together to end suicide”, various organisations, including the Massy Group of Companies and Rafieya’s International Vision & Hope (RIVAH), joined hands with POTS to deliver a reminder to Guyanese that suicide is still a problem being faced.RIVAH, a domestic violence-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), has over the years lent support to organisations such as POTS. On Sunday, the NGO donated $200,000 to POTS.Speaking on behalf of RIVAH, Vice President Zalena Khan said the donation is the first manifestation of what RIVAH intends to do on an annual basis.“Even though (RIVAH is) in its launch, we have since been focusing on domestic violence. We have since decided to focus on suicide as well. When we saw that POTS was doing this walk, we decided that we would like to be a part of it as well.In our first effort to support this organisation, our focus is to support (this) organisation and to provide that financial support to provide what is needed, whether it’s for schools, brochures, or for awareness round the country,” the RIVAH Vice President said.In his brief remarks, Christophe Bobb Semple, a Director of the Massy Group of Companies, said his company made the decision to support suicide prevention as one of the national causes in celebration of its 50th anniversary.He said, “So we thought it wise to work with POTS Guyana, because of the amazing work that they have been doing over the years since they started”.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who was also among the marchers, told those gathered at the Square of the Revolution that the event is for those who are helpless without support.“This walk is for the persons who don’t feel the energy and love, and for those who don’t feel like there is anyone there for them. So we are saying that POTS is here, Massy is here, RIVAH is here,” she encouraged.Minister Lawrence said that as the walk is a yearly event, the hope is that more Guyanese will find time to talk, listen, and give good advice to someone who needs it.“As we are on the eve of Suicide Prevention Day, we are still, as a human race, grappling with this situation of stigma and discrimination. We are still grappling with the fact that so many of us can find other things to do, but not to give an ear to our brothers and sisters. And so, as we march on not only today, but for the rest of our lives, I trust that it will not only be the collective, but it would be the singularity, where each and every one of us finds it as our responsibility to talk, listen, and give good advice to someone”, Minister Lawrence stated.A booklet which includes the listing of the various agencies and services offered by the Ministry of Public Health is expected to be published before the end of 2018.Prevention of Teenage Suicide (POTS) came into being in 2014, and now has 60 volunteers dedicated to reducing suicide in Guyana through informative lectures and providing bereavement support services to survivors of suicide.last_img read more

Govt has left Guyana wholly unprepared for first oil – PPP

first_img…no petroleum commission, no local content, no safeguards for GuyaneseExxonMobil has started pumping oil but while feelings of nationalistic pride run high, there is also worry considering the Government’s poor track record of managing the sector – ranging from lopsided agreements to the almost non-existent legal framework.Opposition leader Bharrat JagdeoThis was pointed out by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in a statement on Saturday. According to the party, President David Granger’s declaration of National Petroleum Day and protecting the country’s patrimony ring hollow since for four years little was done in this regard by the Government.“Granger should be ashamed to have made a proclamation about ‘National Petroleum Day’, considering the coalition’s unenviable list of failures in the oil and gas sector. More so, he should be ashamed that his declaration came on the anniversary of the successful and valid passage of the No-Confidence Motion, which resulted in the fall of his Government”.The Party cited a number of failures, including the Government’s failure to inaugurate a Petroleum Commission which would have had some amount of oversight from civil society. Instead, Government has seemingly fallen back to rely on the Department of Energy which reports directly to the President.First oil is here but Guyana’s framework to regulate the sector is notAnother failure the Party cited was the lack of a Local Content policy, which, after several drafts, has still not been completed. Already, a number of persons from civil society and the private sector have complained about opportunities being snapped up by foreigners.The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), having identified a number of weaknesses within the policy, including the most obvious one of the lack of penalties for delinquent operators, had sent out an analysis on the document.President David GrangerThey had said that with no penalties to hold operators accountable to their commitments and international principles of providing employment and business opportunities for Guyanese, “handshakes” and good faith are not enough. The Department of Energy had, however, announced on Monday last that it is putting the final touches on the draft policy.The Party also lambasted the Government for setting up a Sovereign Wealth Fund (now dubbed the Natural Resource Fund) that by not keeping politicians at an arm’s-length in keeping with international practice gives the Finance Minister authority over the fund. According to the Party, should it win elections next year, it would set up the regulatory framework for oil and gas in six months.“The other controversial issue is the move to sell Guyana’s share of ‘first oil’ that is lifted by ExxonMobil. It should be a source of shame that it was the international media house, Bloomberg, which exposed the APNU/AFC coalition’s plans to approach traders directly, ‘face-to-face’, to conclude deals for them to buy Guyana’s oil and sell it.”Granger is a caretaker President who is heading an unconstitutional government since March 21, 2019, the PPP noted.“His coalition’s purpose in office is the holding of General and Regional Elections, not to bind Guyana to ‘shady agreements’ that would see our people losing more. The question that must be asked is why is there a rush to tie up an agreement for the sale of Guyana’s share of oil?”The Party expressed that under the APNU/AFC Government, there are no guarantees that petroleum production will transform Guyana’s economic development and improve the well-being of the people.Moreover, the Party noted that President Granger’s record in office outside the oil and gas sector reflects more failure, which, it said, includes increased borrowing and tax collection, wasteful spending and depletion of the foreign reserves; poor delivery of public services, especially in the health sector; lack of any viable plans for housing, increased cost of living and worrying levels of crime.“Granger ignores the fact that development, success and prosperity are the results of positive policies – something his coalition seems incapable of formulating. His fixation on ‘good life’ speeches will not translate into progress and prosperity for our people; the hard work has to be put in,” the Party said.The PPP, adding that to make matters worse, there is also no national oil company, no depletion policy and no oil spill contingency plan. While Government has been almost mum on the first two, it is understood that the contingency plan is a work in progress that is long overdue.There has also been no completed audit of the billions of US dollars that have been claimed by oil operators in cost oil, although one has recently started. And by Department of Energy Director, Dr Mark Bynoe’s own admission, there is no penalty for companies who mislead authorities about cost oil claims.There is also no ring-fencing provision to protect Guyana from costs being transferred from one well to another. There is, in fact, not a single oil-related bill that has been tabled by the Government and made into law, with the exception of the National Resource Fund Act.last_img read more

Jason Kenney’s UCP defeats NDP with majority in Alberta election

first_imgKenney has promised to kill Alberta’s homegrown carbon tax, fight the federal carbon tax in court, and do what he can to help the federal Conservatives defeat Trudeau in the federal October vote.Trudeau was asked in Kitchener, Ont., earlier Tuesday whether he was concerned about his climate plan should Kenney win.“We have chosen to put a price on pollution right across the country and there are conservative politicians who are using taxpayer money to fight a price on pollution in court,” he responded.“They are using your dollars to try to make pollution free again, which makes no sense.”Advertisement Trudeau said the federal government would continue to work on growing the economy while tackling climate change in a smart way.Once Kenney is sworn in, Canada will be back to having zero female premiers.Notley’s NDP was trying to win a second mandate after toppling the wheezing, scandal-scarred 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty in 2015 by winning 54 seats in the 87 legislature.In the previous two decades, the NDP had never been able to elect more than four MLAs, and had been shut out of Calgary since the 1980s.Interest in the election was high as leaders launched personal attacks while promoting their platforms as the best blueprint for Alberta’s fragile economy.Advertisement On the margins of the campaign were the centrist Alberta and Liberal parties. Both elected single members to the 87-seat legislature last time around but were losing across the board in early returns.Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel lost in Edmonton-McClung.Kenney now turns his attention to a spring-summer sitting and a platform that includes undoing most of the signature elements of the last four years of changes under the NDP, starting with the provincial carbon tax on fossil-fuelled heating and gas at the pumps.He has promised to repeal the NDP increase on corporate income tax and drop it to eight per cent. The minimum wage for youth is to be cut. Farm safety and injury compensation plans for farm workers is to be abolished and replaced. A $3.7-billion plan to lease rail cars to ship more oil is to be cancelled.The climate change program is to be dismantled in favour of a plan to tax the emissions-intensity of major greenhouse gas operations. A large medical lab in Edmonton, part of a plan to consolidate tests, won’t proceed. Changes to overtime pay are to be rolled back.A sweeping overhaul of school curriculums is also expected to be on hold.Kenney also plans to fire a shot across the bow of the B.C. government on his first day in office. He has said he will proclaim a law passed by Notley’s government but never proclaimed.The bill gives Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C. in retaliation for its opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. EDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government is one and done, knocked from the saddle Tuesday by Jason Kenney whose United Conservatives won a majority in the Alberta election.The UCP, formed two years ago by a merger of the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose parties, claimed the lion’s share of rural seats, and was leading or had captured many seats in Calgary.Notley’s NDP held on to its traditional base in Edmonton, which it swept in 2015, but was losing in many of the surrounding municipalities, rural ridings and Calgary constituencies it captured four years ago.- Advertisement -Kenney, who won his riding in Calgary-Lougheed, is a former federal Conservative cabinet minister under Stephen Harper.He will take the top job after successfully leveraging voter angst over Alberta’s sluggish economy with a jobs, jobs, jobs message and a promise to wage war on all who oppose its oil and gas industry, particularly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Kenney has derisively called it “the Trudeau-Notley alliance” _a partnership he says has turned Alberta into a doormat for Trudeau and other oil industry foes in return for no more than a faint and as yet unrealized promise of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the west coast.Advertisement Almost 700,000 people voted in advance polls, well above the record 235,000 who did in 2015.The province, once a money-making dynamo thanks to sky-high oil prices, has been struggling for years with sluggish returns on royalties, reduced drilling activity and unemployment levels stubbornly above seven per cent in Calgary and Edmonton.Kenney argued that Notley’s government made a bad situation worse with higher taxes, more regulations and increases in minimum wage.Notley, in turn, said Kenney’s plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care would have a profound impact on students and patients.Notley also tried to make Kenney’s character an issue. A number of his candidates either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.Advertisementlast_img read more

Troubled year of Brazil star Neymar

first_img0Shares0000Despite winning his second French title in a row Neymar’s season was marred by events on and off the field © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jun 3 – A reoccurrence of an injury, two separate suspensions for insulting a referee and hitting a fan, losing Brazil’s captaincy and now an accusation of rape, the world’s most expensive player had a season to forget for club and country, on and off the field.Here AFP reflects on Neymar’s difficult season starting with the World Cup in Brazil which could end up with a Copa America title on home soil: – Back for Brazil –After more than three months sidelined with a foot problem his 69th minute goal guides Brazil to a 2-0 World Cup warm-up friendly victory over eventual champions Croatia on June 3.– ‘Pathetic diving’ –Despite scoring once and claiming an assist as the Selecao qualified for the last-16 his World Cup group stage is marred by what many commentators call his “pathetic” diving.– Bows out to boos –Brazil are knocked out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals to Belgium on July 6. He’s the victim of boos from a home crowd watching on a big screen in Rio every time he rolls on the ground, becoming an internet joke for his theatrical efforts.– Depression –Neymar became an internet joke for his diving at last year’s World Cup © AFP/File / Luis Acosta“I wouldn’t go as far as to say I didn’t want to play again but, I didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played,” the 27-year-old told AFP on July 22 after the disappointment in Russia.– ‘Sensational’ –He scores a hat-trick in a 6-1 thumping of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League group stages two months into the club season on October 3 described as ‘sensational’ by head coach Thomas Tuchel.– Ballon d’Or blip –He fails to make the top 10 of the shortlist for the first time since 2013 finishing in 12th place as Croatia midfielder Luka Modric takes the award in a ceremony held in Paris on December 3.– Same foot, same injury –With less than half an hour to play and PSG leading Strasbourg 1-0 on January 23 in the second round of the French Cup he limps off the Parc de Princes field with a similar foot injury to the one he suffered 13 months earlier. His return date is set for the Champions League quarter-finals but the Parisians have to face a resurgent Manchester United with new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the last 16 before then.– Controversial Carnival –Despite still recovering from the metatarsal problem he’s filmed and photographed dancing at both Salvador and Rio carnivals in early March.– Referee rage –Neymar missed 27 of PSG’s 58 games across all competitions this season © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULATForced to watch in the the stands as PSG are knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United on March 6 he tells officials to “Go fuck yourselves” on Instagram afterwards.He adds: “It’s a disgrace. They get four guys who don’t understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV.”– Tax probe –Newspaper El Mundo report in March Spanish tax authorities were investigating the bonus he earned when he extended his Barcelona contract in 2017.Officials were looking into whether the Brazilian paid tax related to his extra payments and his record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, the daily paper said.– Three-match ban –Six weeks after his referee rant on social media Neymar is handed a three-match suspension by UEFA for his insults which rule him out of PSG’s opening fixtures in next season’s European campaign.– Fanfare –Two days later, PSG are beaten on penalties in the French Cup final by Rennes on April 28. He scores his side’s second goal but hits a supporter as he collects his runners-up medal at the Stade de France.– ‘The rebellious teenager’ –The Brazilian press pounce on his Cup final misdemeanour branding him a “coward” and a “rebellious teenager”. PSG’s Tuchel adds salt to the wound by saying “I don’t like it. You can’t do that, you just can’t do that.”– Suspension number two –He is given another ban for three games with a further two games suspended for lashing out at the spectator in the stands after the shock defeat to Rennes.– Shuns last PSG match –He heads back to Brazil to prepare for the Copa America after he claims to have been given permission to miss the league French champions’ final game of the season on May 24. Coach Tuchel denies his reasoning.– Captaincy gone –Neymar lost the Brazil captaincy to PSG team-mate Dani Alves in late-May © AFP/File / CARL DE SOUZAFour days later Brazil boss Tite takes the skipper’s armband away from the 96-time international and gives it to club team-mate Dani Alves less than three weeks away from the start of the Copa America on home soil.– Rape allegation –According to a complaint filed with Sao Paolo police, Neymar is accused of “using violence to have sex with the victim without her consent.”A day later Neymar denies raping the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Paris hotel, with his father claiming he is the victim of blackmail.“I am accused of rape, it’s a big word, it’s very strong, but that is what has happened,” Neymar said in a video posted on Instagram.Neymar then shows what he says is a series of WhatsApp messages with the woman, including topless photographs of her in bed.– Accuser’s lawyers no longer representing her –The law firm hired by the accuser said Monday it was no longer representing the woman, claiming she had changed her story.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Victorious US women’s team back on home soil

first_img0Shares0000USA’s players celebrate with the trophy after the 2019 Women’s World Cup football final match between USA and the Netherlands, on July 7, 2019 © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE SIMONNEWARK, United States, Jul 9 – The United States’ Women’s World Cup-winning team arrived back on American soil Monday, a day after clinching a record fourth title in the football showpiece.The jubilant US women, who defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in Sunday’s final in France to seal back-to-back World Cup victories, touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport on a chartered jet. Striker Alex Morgan and player of the tournament Megan Rapinoe were among the first to exit the aircraft, where a red carpet had been unfurled to greet the team as they stepped onto the tarmac.Many of the players, who had been seen raucously celebrating Sunday’s victory in various videos posted on social media, wore dark glasses as they greeted well-wishers upon arrival.The party mood continued as the players danced and sang Queen anthems “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.”The players wore black t-shirts with the words “World Champions” above four stars to represent the team’s four world cup victories.The team were then ushered onto a waiting bus before being whisked to New York, where the squad will be honoured with a ticker-tape parade on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

BRIDGET’S SUPER IDEA WILL MAKE THE PERFECT STOCKING-FILLER THIS CHRISTMAS!

first_imgBridget’s keyringLoreto Milford Transition Year student Bridget Moran has come up with an innovative idea to raise money for Donegal Pet Rescue and Letterkenny Tidy Towns this Christmas.As part of her transition year mini company, Bridget decided to design and source trolley tokens which are not only convenient for shoppers but also act as a commemorative coin to celebrate Letterkenny winning Ireland’s Tidiest Town.Unlike some tokens currently on the market, Bridget’s product includes both €1 and €2 tokens on the same keyring. They feature a picture of Letterkenny’s Polestar Roundabout with a congratulatory message. Keenly priced at €3 each, all profits go to Donegal Pet Rescue and Letterkenny Tidy Towns.Bridget is seeking the support of local businesses to stock the trolley tokens, which make an ideal stocking filler this Christmas in addition to helping raise funds for two worthy causes.For orders contact tidytokens@gmail.com or call 086 3204094BRIDGET’S SUPER IDEA WILL MAKE THE PERFECT STOCKING-FILLER THIS CHRISTMAS! was last modified: December 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bridget MorandonegalDonegal Pet RescueLoreto Milfordstocking fillerlast_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012

first_imgMcGINLEYThe death has taken place of The Community Nursing Unit, Ramelton of Mary McGinley, Tarlach, Gleneragh Glen, Carrigart. Reposing at her late residence. Funeral on Saturday to the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Carrigart for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 10am.BROWNE The death has taken place of Mickey Browne, Dromore, Crossroads, Killygordon. Reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Saturday at 10.30am for Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Crossroads at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.McGONIGLEThe death has occurred of Catherine McGonigle of Creevy, Ballyshannon. Removal from her late residence tomorrow, Friday, at 11.15am to St Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon for Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in The Abbey Cemetery.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAYJANUARY 5last_img read more

TEACHER SUPPORT HOURS BUT BE MADE FOR ALL DOWN’S SYNDROME CHILDREN – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue has called on the Department of Education to put proper resource teaching hours in place for all children with Down’s syndrome returning to school this September.Charlie McConalogueHe raised the issue in the Dáil during Education Questions this week.Deputy McConalogue, “Many children with Down’s Syndrome are not entitled to dedicated resource hours because they are assessed as having a mild intellectual disability and these resource teaching hours are only allocated to children determined to have a moderate or severe learning disability. “However, in June, Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns directed that more than four hours of dedicated resource teaching time be provided to two Down’s syndrome children diagnosed as having a mild intellectual disability after their parents took a High court case on their behalf.”He added it is completely unacceptable that resource teaching hours would now be dependent on whether a family has the financial means to take a court case to decide if a child gets appropriate resource hours.“The Minister needs to outline the situation facing children with Down’s syndrome who are starting or returning to school this September and I’m urging him to extend resource teaching hours to all children with the condition.“I understand that a review of the process for allocating teaching support hours is underway, but there is no certainty as to when changes recommended in the review will be implemented. “This Government has a record of sitting on reports, and it is unfair on parents and children to be forced to wait for an indefinite time to find out whether they will be allocated sufficient resource teaching hours. The Minister needs to act now to ensure that all students with Down’s syndrome are allocated appropriate hours before the school year begins.”TEACHER SUPPORT HOURS BUT BE MADE FOR ALL DOWN’S SYNDROME CHILDREN – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalDown’s Syndromelast_img read more

Male teens shun movies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Overall though, moviegoers are satisfied with the product on the screen, if not the cost of admission. “I think the really big finding is that, contrary to what everyone is saying about movie quality, it’s not the quality of movies,” said Shelley Zalis, CEO of OTX. “It’s a value proposition of cost and what else is competing for their time, their leisure-time activities. A lot of people have technology in their homes, and they’re watching movies at home, they’re playing video games at home, they’ve got (video-on-demand) services with Netflix and Cinema Now and all these other choices.” While box-office observers have long suspected that video games have been eroding the young male market, Bruce Friend, executive vice president of Media & Entertainment Insights, says recent leaps in gaming technology probably accounts for a significant downturn in movie interest in that group. “Now that there are these MMOGs – massive multi-player online games – where people can play hundreds of people around the world … that kind of opened up the gaming world to become a community activity as opposed to just an individual activity,” Friend said. The impact of DVDs is growing rapidly as well. The study found that young males watched an average of 47 movies on DVD in the latest study, up from 30 films two years ago. Additionally, nearly 60 percent of all respondents mistakenly believe most movies are out on DVD within three months (it’s really four to five months after theatrical release), so they decide it’s not worth buying the tickets. In 2003, 79 percent said they prefer to see a new movie in a theater, compared with only 59 percent in the new survey. The rest are willing to wait for the DVD or telecast. Locally, young men agreed with the study’s findings: They and their friends are going to theaters less because the movie experience is getting more expensive and video games are getting more appealing. “Paying for a movie ticket is not that big a deal, but the other things – the candy, the popcorn, the soda – that gets expensive,” said Mike Latta, 24, of Woodland Hills. Chuck Bradley, 28, of Woodland Hills said video games had evolved, adding, “They’re a lot more entertaining than they’ve ever been.” Video games can now be purchased for about $20 and played again and again, said California State University, Northridge, student Brandin Chasin, 21, of Calabasas. “You can play with your friends,” he said. “It’s a fun, party activity.” Although DVD piracy was not mentioned in the survey, several young men said inexpensive – and illegal – bootleg copies of new releases keep people away from theaters. “I’d say college students are driving that industry,” said Pepperdine student John Stafford, 22, of Woodland Hills. “Go out to any college dorm environment – that’s what college kids do.” Stafford said he personally found little appealing in most new movies. “The focus is too much on special effects,” Stafford said. “I’d rather read a book.” Studio chiefs and marketing executives will get the not-so-good news in detail Tuesday when OTX presents the complete findings of “The State of Moviegoing in Today’s Digital Age” to its clients. “I think that the industry has seen the box office numbers kind of trending down, but there never has been a quantifiable study explaining what it was all about,” Zalis said. “It’s sort of good news, bad news. I think they’ll be somewhat relieved to know the quality of the film isn’t the problem, which is what a lot of hypotheses have been to date. “And I think that it’s going to be a little bit of a wake-up call to realize that we need to enhance the whole experience of going to the movies, because people like the social activity of getting out of the house.” Andreas Fuchs, a consultant in the movie exhibition business, is in preproduction on a feature documentary film tentatively titled “Now Showing! America Goes to the Movies.” He says Hollywood has reinvented the motion picture business often in the past century in response to Americans’ changing entertainment appetites and options. Fuchs suggested today’s studio executives and theater owners may draw some lessons from pioneers of past innovations, such as CinemaScope (which came as color television sales were booming), the first shopping mall theaters (an answer to suburban sprawl), or even drive-ins that popped up in the middle of potato fields in the 1950s (it’s all about the car). The temptation may be great to abandon traditional entertainment delivery in the effort to serve home theaters, computers and handheld devices, but Fuchs said the motion picture business should not forsake its roots as a communal, social experience and a marketing platform in its own right. “I think theater owners will do what needs to be done,” Fuchs said. “They listen to their public. As long as the studios don’t forget that it’s the primary experience in the movie theater that helps them promote that 17th showing on cable television at 1 a.m., everything will be all right.” OTX executives said, given the dramatic changes in their survey trends in just two years, they will repeat the study again next summer. Valerie Kuklenski, (818) 713-3750 valerie.kuklenski@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Teen boys and young men – for years Hollywood’s most loyal audience – are falling out of love with the moviegoing experience, and frequent moviegoers of all ages are complaining about the high cost of cinema entertainment, according to a survey to be released today. After a relatively soft summer at the box office, Culver City-based research firm Online Testing eXchange has found that moviegoers are more inclined to save a few bucks and find their entertainment at home than they were just two years ago. In an online nationwide study of 2,000 frequent moviegoers (those who go out to movies at least six times a year) between the ages of 13 and 54, OTX found that options for home entertainment and the cost of tickets and popcorn are having a significant impact in the young male market, the ones who for more than a decade have driven demands for big-budget blockbusters and low-brow comedies. In the 2003 OTX survey, 60 percent of males under 25 said “there was an excellent selection of films to choose from.” That number was down to 35 percent in the survey conducted Aug. 12-16. last_img read more